Wednesday, February 20, 2008

What happened to howdy?

A week ago Irene and I were out in the middle of the desert exploring an abandoned ranch. We were, as far as we could see, the only people on the planet. Then way off in the distance I saw an old pick-up coming toward us. We watched until this grizzled grubby guy pulled up, peered from his window and asked if we knew where a local town was. I started explaining how he could cross the mountain, 13 miles on a dirt road, etc. etc. He just sat behind thin slitted eyes, silently sizing us up, until he put the truck in gear and headed up the dirt road.
Later, my desert son said, "Mom you have to get a gun. It's not safe out there anymore." Someone else suggested we carry potent pepper spray.
I wondered...what happened to the old days when I used to just say, "Howdy"?

7 comments:

AMGallegos said...

Either a gun or you could always bring Annie Bones along to guard you!

Tai said...

Who needs a gun when you've got a son? Just bring one of those strapping boys along with you next time you go exploring.

CJGallegos said...

Sounds good, Tai, but impractical. We'll probably just stick with our 16 pound cockapoo and if that doesn't work, I'll go back to "Howdy".

AMGallegos said...

Impractical? I'll bring two guns, a knife, and a stick of dynamite then.

CJGallegos said...

"Who needs a gun when yo've got a son?" Sounds like a campaing slogan.

Tai said...

Aaron! Is dynamite even legal in Canada?

AMGallegos said...

Sorry, I meant Veggie-mite.